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UK Canal Map

Our UK canal map shows all the navigable British waterways. It includes all the rivers and canals in England, Wales and Scotland that are suitable for boating along.

UK Canal Map

trailboats with bunting cruising along the canal
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Bridge 25, Middlewich Branch
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Clayton Le Moors, Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Pauline McGill
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A moored boat near bridge 88 near Fradley Junction on the Coventry Canal
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a family walking alongside a canal
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Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
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Gronwen Wharf on the Montgomery Canal
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Hurleston lock flight
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Limehouse Basin
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Moored boats at Snarestone Wharf on the Ashby Canal
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A section of the Wilts & Berks canal in water
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Excavator carrying out groundwork
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Volunteer strimming vegetation along the Northampton Arm
Camden Lock, Regent's Canal
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Boat cruising through the pool past moored boats at Little Venice
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British waterways map

All the British waterways that are suitable for boating on are plotted on our UK canal map. This includes canals and navigable rivers.

Also on our UK canal map are the waterways that were used for boating on in the past. Some of these canals are being restored, whilst others are derelict.

How many miles of canals are there in the UK?

There are 4,700 miles of canals and rivers that are navigable in the UK. 2,700 miles of UK canals and rivers are connected up to form a waterways network.

Who maintains the UK’s canals and rivers?

The UK’s canals and navigable rivers are managed by navigation authorities

Waterways Directory

There were once 6500 miles of canals and navigable rivers in mainland Britain. Today 4700 are navigable, with 2700 of those miles forming the connected waterways system of England and Wales.

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